Karen Joy Fowler: "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves"

Karen Joy Fowler: "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves"

The latest novel by the bestselling author of the "Jane Austen Book Club." The book explores what happens to a family in Indiana after it decides to participate in a scientific experiment and raise a chimpanzee along with their two other children.

As a child, Rosemary never stopped talking. As a young woman she wrapped herself in silence –- the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful that it changed Rosemary and destroyed her family. It is 1996 in Bloomington, Ind. Rosemary’s once lively mother is a shell of her former self, and her brother is a fugitive. Fern, Rosemary’s beloved sister, is removed from the house. The latest novel by best-selling author Karen Joy Fowler, called "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves," is a new take on the dysfunctional American family. It raises questions about the power of language and what it means to be part of the animal kingdom.

Guests

Karen Joy Fowler

author of the novels "The Jane Austen Book Club," "Sister Noon," "Sarah Canary," "The Sweetheart Season," and the story collection, "Black Glass."

Read An Excerpt

Reprinted from "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler with permission from Marian Wood Books/Putnam, a member of The Penguin Group Inc. Copyright © 2013.

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